Freshmen and Seniors Split Week 2 BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Honors

PROVIDENCE, R.I.- Villanova freshman Kelsey Margey and Louisville freshman Edwin Kibichiy earned BIG EAST indoor track honors this week after posting top rookie times. Connecticut senior Victoria Flowers and Rutgers senior Chris Wyckoff were named BIG EAST indoor field athletes of the week.  


In his collegiate debut, Kibichiy finished first in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:17.54 at the Kentucky Invitational on Jan. 12 to earn BIG EAST Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week honors. Kibichiy's time ranks first among freshmen and 17th overall nationally. The freshman's time tops league runners by more than five seconds.


Fellow freshman Kelsey Margey took first place in the 1,000m with a time of 2:43.89 at the NYC Gotham Cup at the Armory on Jan. 11 to be named BIG EAST Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week. Margey finished with a personal best time by more than five seconds, and won the race by more than four seconds. Her time is the best in the BIG EAST this season. The freshman also helped Villanova to a first-place finish in the 4x800m relay by more than one minute.


At the NYRR College Night at the Armory on Jan. 12, Connecticut's Victoria Flowers won the shot put and weight throw to take BIG EAST Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week honors. Her throw of 16.43m in the shot put is ninth in the nation, while her weight throw toss of 20.84m ranks third in the nation. Her shot put mark currently ranks second and her weight throw ranks first in the league.


Rutgers senior Chris Wyckoff was named BIG EAST Indoor Field Athlete of the Week after setting a Rutgers facility record in the pole vault with a mark of 5.12m on Jan. 4. The senior's mark is top in the league and ranks tenth nationally.


According to the NCAA, "qualification to the [NCAA] championships is based on the descending-order list for the season...for each individual event contested, the top 16 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition. For each relay contested, the top 12 relay teams will be accepted into the competition...There are no qualifying standards for the championships season."


The BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships will take place Feb. 16-17 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.


BIG EAST Track & Field News and Notes

· Cincinnati junior Kaitlyn Good recorded an 800m time of 2:13.79 at the SPIRE Institute Collegiate Season Opener

o    The time ranks fifth in the league, but came during pentathlon competition

o    Good's pentathlon total of 3,907 pts., ranks first in the league and third nationally

· Connecticut men's relay teams recorded top times at the Yale Collegiate Invitational on Jan. 12

o    The Huskies finished first in the DMR with a time of 9:59.57, which ranks first in the league and fifth nationally

o    The 4x800m relay team also finished first (7:41.59) to take the top league time

· The Marquette women's team won six events at the Badger Track Classic on Jan. 12

o    Freshman Molly Hanson won the 1,000m (2:57.87), and classmate Sarah Poirier won the 3,000m (10:14.14)

o    Sophomore Krista McClure won the 800m (2:19.82)

o    Freshman Tatyana Pashibin won the high jump (1.68m)

· Rutgers freshman Emeke Eze placed top-3 in two events at the Gotham Cup on Jan. 11

o    Eze won the long jump with a mark of 7.25m. The mark is second in the league behind teammate Corey Crawford

o    The freshman also finished third in the 60m (6.93). His time ranks fifth in the league and second among freshmen


Below is a list of the top marks in BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field:


Event                                      Men                                                                        Women

60m                                        Jordon Vaughn, DPU - 6.83                               Margret Harris, UofL - 7.38

60h                                         Tashaun Hill, Pitt - 7.96                                      Kaila Barber, ND -8.32

200m                                      Alfred Higgs, USF - 21.73                                   Arieonna Bailey, USF - 24.45

400m                                      Patrick Feeney, ND -47.24                                Michelle Brown, ND -54.79

500m                                      Brendan Dougherty, ND - 1:03.64                   Megan Yanik, ND - 1:13.60

800m                                      Steve Blazer, ND - 1:53.88                                Angel Piccirillo, VU - 2:09.44

1000m                                   Billy Ledder, GU - 2:25.21                                 Kelsey Margey, VU - 2:43.89

Mile                                        Andrew Stewart, UofL - 4:12.84                      Lauren Penney, SU - 4:46.03

3,000m                                  Edwin Kibickiy, UofL - 8:17.54                          Alexa Aragon, ND - 9:40.02

5,000m                                  Bobby Peavey, GU - 14:23.30                           -

4x400m Relay                       Pittsburgh - 3:11.00                                           Pittsburgh - 3:40.10

4x800m Relay                       Connecticut - 7:41.59                                        Villanova - 8:49.07

Distance Medley Relay       Connecticut - 9:59.57                                        Syracuse - 12:38.47

High Jump                              Noel James, UConn - 2.14m                              Michelle Kinsella, UofL -1.85m

Pole Vault                              Chris Wyckoff, RU - 5.12m                                MacKenzie Fields, UC - 4.10m

Long Jump                             Corey Crawford, RU -7.60m                              Asha Ruth, RU - 5.93m

Triple Jump                           Kevin Bostick, RU - 15.25m                               Marqueshia Stallworth, USF - 12.45m

Shot Put                                 Eric Masington, UConn - 17.87                         Khadija Abdullah, UofL - 16.80m

Weight Throw                       Jared Thomas, USF - 19.14m                             Victoria Flowers, UConn - 20.84m  

Pentathlon                            -                                                                               Kaitlyn Good, UC - 3,907 pts.

Heptathlon                            Ted Glasnow, ND - 5,104 pts.                            -


The Week Ahead

Fri.          18           Cincinnati                              Gladstein Invite                                    Bloomington, Ind.                

                                Connecticut                          Great Dane Classic                               New York, N.Y.                     


                                Georgetown                          Hoya Invite                                            Bethesda, Md.                     


Sat.          19           Marquette                             Illini Classic                                            Champaign, Ill.                     

                                DePaul                                   Notre Dame Invitational                      South Bend, Ind.                  

                                Notre Dame                                                                                                                                         

                                Providence                           URI Invitational                                     Kingston, R.I.                        

                                Providence                           Greater Boston Invitational                Cambridge, Mass.                

                                Rutgers                                  Armory Invitational                              New York, N.Y.                     

                                Syracuse                                Upstate Invite                                       Ithaca, N.Y.



All times and rankings courtesy of the Track and Field Results Reporting System and the USTFCCCA.